Soap-free, oil-free, alcohol-free. These are the words NARS used to describe the new Makeup Removing Water. This water-based makeup remover is so popular backstage during fashion week because it takes off makeup without leaving any residue, so new makeup can be applied immediately thereafter. No need to wash the face prior to applying another round of makeup, which is best for fashion shows where time is of the essence. NARS came up with its own version that its consumers can use at home, far from the glare of klieg lights. Infused with cucumber, chamomile and hyaluronic acid, NARS claims that it makes skin feel and look brighter, cleaner, refreshed.
So I put it to the test. The day I used it, I applied a mix of Revlon Colorstay and Revlon Photoready foundations on my face, two full coverage foundations. I also used concealer, setting powder, blush, and full eye makeup.
This is how one of my cotton pads soaked in NARS Makeup Removing Water looked after cleansing my face:
It easily took off the full-coverage foundations, concealers, bronzer, and even my blush. On another soaked cotton pad, I took off my eye makeup and it removed my eye brow mousse, eye shadows, even mascara. The only thing that this product wasn't able to remove was my waterproof liquid eye liner from Wet n Wild (which was so hard to remove even with an oil-based eye makeup remover!). Best of all, this is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist/ophthalmologist-tested.
I was impressed by how good this product took off the gunk on my face, and yet it didn't leave any greasy or filmy residue. It is exactly how it describes itself- water! It has the refreshing, cleansing, purifying properties of water, and yet it cleanses and takes off makeup much better than water. This is great for people who need to take off their makeup in a snap, like people who came from work and going to the gym, or people who need to freshen up before an event. However, this is also great for your nightly cleansing regimen. I used this prior to washing my face with my Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleaner using my Clarisonic Classic facial cleansing brush. This procedure really helped my skin look pure, toned, very clean. Best of all, this felt really gentle on my acne-prone skin, and it never broke me out. It comes in a pretty big bottle and can last you a decent amount of time. I am really loving this Makeup Removing Water from NARS.
The only downside I can see is that this will probably not take out the most stubborn Waterproof makeup you have, but it will take out foundation, face makeup, and most shadows, liners, and water-based mascaras.
Available January 2012 at www.narscosmetics.com
The Shades Of U Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the company for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.